Offer Hope with Donate Life Texas this April: April is National Donate Life Month
Houston, Texas, March 25, 2014 — This April marks the 11th annual National Donate Life Month, a celebration commemorating those who have given the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation. For those whose lives have been touched by donation and transplantation, National Donate Life Month provides a chance to share their story to encourage more people to register as donors.
There are now 112 million registered donors in the United States, more than 5 million from the state of Texas. Everyday across the country, 75 people are saved through donation.
Even so, the number of people in need of transplants continues to outpace the supply of donated organs. Today, more than 120,000 men, women and children across the United States are waiting for a lifesaving transplant and nearly 12,000 of those are from Texas. Countless more are awaiting the gift of tissue and others wait for corneal donations. Each day, 18 people die because the organ they needed was not donated in time.
“Donation saves lives and restores families everyday, but it can only happen when someone makes the important decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor,” said Kevin Myer of Donate Life Texas. “You can offer hope to those waiting for a second chance.”
In the state of Texas, you can register as a donor in three ways:
- Electronically via the Donate Life Texas website: www.donatelifetexas.org
- At any Texas Department of Public Safety Office when obtaining or renewing your driver’s license
- At any Texas Department of Motor Vehicle office when renewing your vehicle registration
To register as a donor or for more information, visit www.donatelifetexas.org.
About Donate Life Texas
Donate Life Texas is comprised of the state’s organ and tissue donation professionals. Every day, they provide comfort for families in crisis and provide lifesaving organ and tissue transplants for patients in need, thanks to the individuals and families who share the gift of life. The Donate Life Texas Registry is the nation’s fastest growing and one of only two in the nation that has registered more than 150,000 people in a single month. Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.donatelifetexas.org.
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